In Turkey, ten retired admirals were detained after they criticized the Istanbul canal, the construction of which is promoted by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
This is reported by the BBC.
Last month, the government approved a plan to build an Istanbul canal about 45 km long. It will run from north to south through Istanbul, west of the Bosphorus. The official justification for the project was called the congestion of the Bosphorus.
The project was criticized by more than a hundred retired employees of the Turkish Navy. They signed an open letter warning that the channel could call into question the Montreux Convention, which restricts access to the Black Sea for warships. Among the signatories were the detained admirals.
Erdogan reacted harshly to such criticism.
вЂњStay where you are ... This nation showed everyone how it defeated the putschists on July 15 (2016) Know your place!вЂќ -said the press secretary of the Turkish president Farettin Altun, responding to the letter of the retired admirals.
Meanwhile, environmentalists warn that through the new channel, water from the Black Sea with hydrogen sulfide will enter the Sea of Marmara, and the water level in the Black Sea will decrease.
The creation of the channel, according to media estimates, will create opportunities for increasing the presence of NATO in the Black Sea, and this could destroy the Montreux Convention and lead to conflicts between Turkey and Russia.
Recall that the mayor of Istanbul is against the construction of the canal. He is sure that the project is dangerous for the largest city in Turkey.